Reserve a FREE Tree for Your Yard!
Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) residential electric customers can reserve a FREE tree this spring to strategically plant in their yards to save energy and lower utility bills. When planted correctly, a single tree can save a homeowner up to 20 percent on energy costs.
HBPW and the City of Holland are partnering to provide 300 trees in four species:
- Red Maple
- River Birch
- Royal Star Magnolia
- Prairiefire Crabapple
These species thrive in our climate and soil conditions and will help the urban tree canopy move from 25% to the City’s goal of 36%. This is the first time the program is being offered in Michigan!
While using an interactive mapping tool customers will see their property and utility lines, and will be able to select a species, position it, and learn if it is in an optimal spot. If the tree is positioned in a safe place and submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to the customer once HBPW staff confirm its placement.
Customers will need to call MISS DIG within the week before receiving their tree, as it is essential to know where to dig to avoid utility conflicts.
Customers will be provided with tree care, maintenance, and placement resources upon registering, and at the time of pick up.
Benefits of Planting a Tree:
- Conserve energy by strategic tree placement for optimum shade
- Save money on energy bills
- Reduce carbon dioxide emissions
- Absorb air pollutants
- Improve stormwater management
To register, please visit: www.arborday.org/HBPW.
Trees are first come first serve, though registration is planned to be open from February to mid-April.
The trees will be distributed at a pickup event on Saturday morning, April 27, at the BPW Service Center: 625 Hastings Ave, Holland, MI, from 8 – noon. Be sure to either print your order confirmation or have it readily available on your phone, at the pickup. We hope to see you there!